Many people are of the opinion that Neons are junk, but I tell you I have had one for three years and have never had a problem with it. They revamped the Neon in 2000 to make a statement in both styling and performance. The car is solid handles well and is enjoyable to drive. If you are looking for a sporty little 4 door with a nice factory sound system this is the car for you.
I bought my Neon 4 years ago, for most of those years, I put 20,000+ miles plus per year, the car is now at 108,000, just had timing belt replaced, the car runs magically. Compared to my husband's Honda, the Neon is doing better.
The 2000 Neon is a great economical car. I have not had any problems with it other than the normal things that would need done to a car while owning it. I would recommend this car to anyone look for something cheap to drive that looks pretty good too!
Did not have a great experience with this car. Build quality was horrible. The brake pads fell off locking the wheel on way to work. Also had the brakes not work at all (vacuum problem) and almost ended up in the Bay. Lots of rattles, bumper faded (seems to be a usual problem with red Neons). Car feels small, but did have a comfortable seat. With seats down, you could fit quite a bit of stuff. Had a 5 speed manual transmission (automatic was only 3 speed!) which was a bit clunky. The rubberized plastic parts were peeling before I bought it, and only got worse (even with my obsessive car detailing!).
I drive a lot for my job, so I spend a lot of time in my car. First of all, the gas mileage is great (27 mpg on average)! Also, Neons are really inexpensive to begin with, so this is a very thrifty car. Also, it is very visually appealing and doesn't look "cheap." I love this car and hope to have it for many years to come!